According to Denis Kang in an article by The Fight Network, the word making the rounds is that former UFC middleweight Matt Lindland is on the verge of signing with Japanese-based promotion DREAM, a collaboration between FEG and former staff members of PRIDE:
“I want to win the grand prix,” Kang said. “Now they’ve got Akiyama, [Melvin] Manhoef, [Zelg] Galesic, [Kazushi] Sakuraba, Dong Sik Yoon … and I heard that Matt Lindland is going to be signing with them. There are a lot of good fighters I want to fight right there.”
Kang is set to make his debut for DREAM on April 29 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan when the promotion kicks off its middleweight Grand Prix event. He goes on to add that the subsequent rounds of the tournament are tentatively scheduled for June and September.
The former PRIDE middleweight appears to be happy that K-1 HERO’s has been dissolved in favor of the new promotion:
“I don’t know what K-1’s problem was,” Kang said. “They’re a big company. It’s not like they don’t know what they’re doing. I don’t know if they were doing too much with running Hero’s and regular K-1 [shows], but it seemed to me like they were very disorganized.”